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Digital Broadcasting: Broadcasting Reception

Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many television signal reception installers had signed up to the Registered Digital Installer scheme at 30 April 2007, broken down by ITV region. [138162]

Margaret Hodge: Information recorded at 30 April 2007 by the Registered Digital Installer-Licensing Body is set out in the following table.


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ITV region Enrolled/registered for training Registered digital installers (RDIs) Associate RDIs

Anglia

28

0

1

Border

10

0

1

Central

143

13

11

Grampian

3

1

0

Granada

54

0

4

HTV Wales

87

6

3

HTV West

7

0

4

London

73

1

0

Meridian

34

0

3

Scottish TV

4

0

0

Tyne Tees

38

0

7

Ulster

1

0

0

West Country

20

0

1

Yorkshire

331

24

10

Total

833

45

46


The number of accredited installers is now increasing week-by-week and, as at 14 May 2007, there were 56 RDIs.

The Associate RDI Scheme, which is mentioned in the table, has been launched by the RDI Licensing Body as a temporary measure given the need for consumers to be able to identify honest and reliable aerial installers in the interim before significant numbers of installers gain full RDI qualification. Associate RDIs have met the following criteria:

Industrial Diseases: Compensation

Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) former miners and (b) members of families of former miners in (i) North Staffordshire, (ii) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (iii) the UK have (A) made claims, (B) received interim payments and (C) accepted final settlements in respect of compensation for (1) chronic bronchitis and emphysema or other respiratory diseases, (2) vibration white finger, (3) carpal tunnel syndrome and (4) pneumoconiosis; how much has been paid in respect of each category; and how many claims of each type in each area have yet to be settled in full. [138817]

Margaret Hodge: The following table shows the information requested. We can only provide figures by constituency or postcode. Figures for north Staffordshire are not available. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) covers chronic bronchitis and emphysema.


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Newcastle-under-Lyne Total( 1)
Miners Families Miners Families

COPD claims

Claims registered

1,108

1,678

242,369

349,347

Claimants who have received an interim payment

139

232

20,137

48,420

Total settlements

924

1,055

205,273

234,302

Outstanding claims

184

623

37,096

115,045

Total damages paid

3,441,561

6,193,312

689,263,396

1,401,895,349

VWF claims

Claims registered

620

92

132,392

22,915

Claimants who have received an interim payment

231

30

66,868

7,945

Total settlements

550

85

114,692

20,,640

Outstanding claims

70

7

17,700

2,275

Total damages paid

3,504,951

391,379

1,159,518,929

111,361,108

Carpal tunnel syndrome claims

Claims registered

73

2

13,353

957

Claimants who have received an interim payment

38

9,839

582

Total settlements

62

2

10,449

761

Outstanding claims

11

2,904

196

Total damages paid

661,115

3,398

176,946,980

6,939,705

(1) The figures include almost 5,000 overseas claims.

The Department is unable to identify those COPD claims which include a pneumoconiosis element. However, under the coal workers pneumoconiosis scheme we have received 90,571 claims, 89,418 of which have been settled by payment. We are unable to provide specific data for the Newcastle-under-Lyme constituency, nor provide the split between miners and their families.

Iran: Export Credit Guarantees

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations the Government has received from the United States Administration on UK export credit guarantees to Iran since January; and if he will make a statement. [134325]

Mr. McCartney: The Government have received no representations from the United States Administration on this issue.

Export Credit Guarantees

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many UK export credit guarantees were issued by the Export Credits Guarantee Department on contracts with the National Iranian Oil Company in each of the last five years; and what the value was of each guarantee. [137474]

Mr. McCartney: ECGD has provided support for contracts with National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) in the last five years. National Petrochemical Company (NPC) is a subsidiary of NIOC and figures in the table detail NIOC and NPC contracts supported by ECGD:

Number of NIOC contracts supported by ECGD Number of NPC subsidiary contracts supported by ECGD Total number of contracts supported, including NPC subsidiary contracts Value of NIOC contracts supported by ECGD (£) Value of NPC subsidiary contracts supported by ECGD (£) Total value of contracts supported, including NPC subsidiary contracts (£)

2002

0

1

1

0

23,546,882

23,546,882

2003

2

9

11

545,399

62,684,231

63,229,630

2004

3

2

5

62,425,531

9,307,097

71,732,628

2005

0

2

2

0

109,164,215

109,164,215

2006

0

0

0

0

0

0


MG Rover

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the progress of the Companies Act investigation into MG Rover. [136291]

Mr. Darling: The Companies Act inspection is ongoing. My Department meets regularly with the inspectors and monitors progress. The inspection will be completed as quickly as possible, consistent with a need to be thorough and fair.


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